Elgar lifts chances of Test team comeback

2013-07-26 00:00

DEAN Elgar did his Test team hopes a world of good in Pretoria yesterday as he finished the second day of the SA “A” against Australia ‘A’ match with an undefeated 135.

After Australian opener David Warner had plundered 193 on the opening day and Glenn Maxwell contributed 155* in a total of 474-5, Elgar took his opportunity with both hands as he guided the hosts to 276-4 at the close.

Conditions at this time of year have resulted in a flat, lifeless pitch as evidenced by 399 runs scored on the first day.

However, it’s about making use of what is available and besides Elgar, Reeza Hendricks compiled 47 and skipper Justin Ontong contributed 60. Talented Cobras No. 3 Stiaan van Zyl failed to show his capabilities, being dismissed for eight and Rilee Rossouw was out first ball.

Ontong and Elgar shared a 118-run partnership for the fourth wicket and at the close, Dolphins middle order batsman Vaughn Van Jaarsveld (12*) had joined ­Elgar.

Warner has done his hopes of a Test return to an embattled Australian Ashes team no harm after he was banished to the “A” side for disciplinary reasons. His attacking style of play is what the Australians are sorely lacking in England and after this match, it will be a travesty if he is not afforded another chance in the senior side.

Elgar’s ton will no doubt pose a problem for the Proteas Test selectors with JP Duminy back in the reckoning. With both players contributing in the long and short form of the game, it’s a betting man’s guess as to who will get the Test berth. Once again, that word “consistency” could play a part.

Scores in brief: Australia “A” 474-5 (Warner 193, Maxwell 155*; Abbott 2-83, De Lange 2-129) SA ‘A’ 276-4 (Elgar 135*, Ontong 60; Ahmed 2-81).

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